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Art Education Major

BFA and MAT Art Education

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Education with K-12 Art Teaching Certification

Student working on art education project

Belmont’s BFA Art Education Program is all about options.  We recognize that art teachers can teach in public, private, and parochial elementary, middle, and high schools... but they can also teach and/or run programs at art museums, anthropology museums, children’s museums, community arts centers, family support agencies, hospitals, parks & recreation departments, and numerous other organizations. 

The primary goal of our program is to prepare our pre-service teachers for a wide range of teaching possibilities, and our curriculum supports this goal through its focus on the following nine objective threads:

1. Curriculum Planning and Lesson Development 
2. Imagery-based Discussion and Critique
3. Media Exploration and Modification for Classroom Use
4. Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Art Education
5. Contemporary Issues, Ideas, and Technology Specific to Art Education
6. Artistic/Psychological Development
7. Effective Classroom Organization and Management
8. Identification of Museum and Community Resources
9. Assessment Strategies in the Arts

Incoming BFA Art Education students enroll in the same foundational coursework as students in our other art concentrations; most art education students complete 50 hours in standard and advanced studio areas and well over 90 hours in the teaching field prior the start of their student teaching semester.  Through this “nested” design, Belmont’s BFA Art Education Program is able to promote a successful balance of breadth and focus; a balance of art studio, art history, art criticism, and aesthetics; and a balance of educational theory and first-hand teaching experience. 

Students enrolled in the BFA Art Education Program are eligible candidates for the Art Department’s Leu Scholarship.  Senior Art Education majors are eligible candidates for the program-specific Larkin Art Education Scholarship; the Larkin award is determined via demonstrated excellence in the field and leadership in the art education community. All BFA Art Education students also have the opportunity to participate in various community-based teaching partnerships, local art education internships, and Belmont’s student chapter of NAEA (National Art Education Association).

Graduates of Belmont’s BFA Art Education Program earn a Tennessee Kindergarten through Grade 12 Art Teaching Certification.  Students interested in exploring in other geographic locations after graduation should note that our teacher certification pathway is reciprocal with the certification pathways of 46 other states.

Master of Arts in Teaching in Art Education with K-12 Art Teaching Certification

Art EducationBelmont's Master of Arts in Teaching Program provides a graduate-level, teaching certification option for those students who have completed a BA or BFA Studio Art degree (Please note: BA Art Minors with more than 20 hours in specified art studio and art history areas will also be considered for admission to the program).  MAT Art Education students explore the pedagogical considerations and possibilities of teaching art through a program of tandem art education/ general education course offerings and progressively designed field experiences.  The MAT Art Education program of studies culminates in a semester-long student teaching field practicum.  Belmont’s MAT Program is proud of its proven record of excellence in teacher preparation, and many of our graduates who have remained in the Nashville area now serve as mentor teachers for the field experiences of our BFA Art Education students. The MAT Art Education program is jointly offered though Belmont's Art and Education Departments; candidates should apply for admission to the program through the Education Department.

More information about the art education MAT program may be found at 

Sample course offerings:

Introduction to Art Education

Elementary Art Education

Elem. Art Education Practicum

Secondary Art Education

Sec. Art Education Practicum

Contemporary Issues in Art Education

Student Teaching Seminar

Student Teaching Practicum


“I enjoy Belmont’s art education program because of its size.  I get individualized feedback and attention that I wouldn’t at other schools.  I also enjoy the practicums, the ability to meet and work with a variety of art teachers and see a variety of places where art is taught.  I feel very well prepared to teach.”

–Hanah Vinson, Art education major

“What I love about the art education department at Belmont is pretty much EVERYTHING! In such a short amount of time you develop relationships with fellow future educators and faculty that you know will last you a lifetime. Since we are such a small community at Belmont we are able to do so much more and form closer relationships than many majors or schools can offer. At Belmont you are guaranteed to be challenged to your full potential while seeking a BFA not just in education but grasping a full range of studio courses taught by some of the most experienced professors in both fields. At graduation you leave with so much more than a diploma, you leave with a full range of experiences and a pocket full of friends!”

–Ashley Lehenbauer, Art education major

Selected Student Work